Monday, September 06, 2010

Watermelon Aguas Frescas

So I know that it's Labor Day and summer's unofficially over, but that doesn't mean that we have to stop eating and drinking summery things just yet. Aguas frescas ("fresh waters") are a refreshing, usually fruity beverage that originated in Mexico and are now popular all over the Americas. Horchata, a sweet, cinnamony rice drink that also falls under the agua fresca umbrella, is one of my favorite things ever.

Watermelon Aguas Frescas

On a particularly hot day recently, I decided to test out a fruity variety with the watermelon I had on hand. The bright flavors of watermelon and lime, combined with the chilled quality of the fresh fruit, made it thirst-quenchingly refreshing and just plain tasty. I can't wait to experiment with strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, and maybe even making my own horchata!

One important note: Make sure you use a fine mesh strainer. I couldn't find mine (residual moving chaos) and had to improvise, so my version was somewhat thicker and slushier than it should have been. Still delicious, but not quite as authentic as I had planned. Of course I found the strainer right after I finished making the drink!

Have you ever had aguas frescas? What's your favorite flavor?

Watermelon Aguas Frescas
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
Serves 4-6
Printable Recipe

6 to 8 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cups cold water, divided
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey (more or less to taste)
Ice cubes
Lime slices and mint leaves for garnish (optional)

1. In a blender, process half the watermelon pieces with 1 cup of water until smooth. Pour through a strainer into a pitcher. Repeat the process with the remaining melon and water.

2. You should end up with about 8 cups of juice. Stir in the lime juice and agave/honey. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime slices and mint.


Melissa said...

I gasped when I saw this picture! It looks delcious!

Sara Tea said...

wow! looks like summer in a glass. sounds fabulous!!

Delicious Dishings said...

That always happens to me too! The thing you need is never to be found when you need it, and then it shows up when you don't need it! This looks incredibly refreshing and summery.

Paula said...

I love that colour!

rebekah said...

Easy access to frescas has been one of my favorite parts of living in Nicaragua. Mandarina and Grama are my favorites, and can be bought at a house down the street for 25 cents.

Christine said...

The perfect summer drink! If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

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